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Canada Director Residency Requirements Removed: What Business Owners Need to Know

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Business Immigration to Canada

Canada Director Residency Requirements Removed: What Business Owners Need to Know

Many foreign business owners who want to expand into Canada have questions about the director residency requirements for incorporating a business in Canada. In the past, at least 25% of the directors of a Canadian corporation had to be Canadian residents. However, this requirement has now been removed in most Canadian provinces and territories.

This is a significant change, as it makes it easier and faster for foreign businesses to expand to Canada. It is also good news for Canadian business owners who want to hire foreign workers or transfer their employees to another country.

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Benefits Of Canada Director Residency Requirements Removed

Here are some of the benefits of the removal of the director residency requirement for foreign business owners who want to open a business or branch in Canada:

Streamlined Incorporation Process:
Gone are the days when foreign business owners had to scramble to find Canadian residents to meet the director residency quota. The removal of this requirement increases ease and efficiency of opening a business in Canada. Incorporating a business in Canada has now become a swifter process, allowing entrepreneurs to bypass the bureaucratic hurdles that once stood in their way. This not only saves valuable time and resources but also empowers businesses to launch with unprecedented speed.

Attracting Foreign Investment:
Canada has long been an attractive destination for foreign investors, and the removal of the director residency requirement amplifies its allure. Foreign investors can now exercise full control over their Canadian subsidiaries without the need to navigate complex directorship arrangements. This newfound flexibility not only instills confidence in potential investors but also fosters an environment conducive to greater capital inflow.

Facilitating Global Workforce Mobility:
For companies eyeing international expansion or seeking to tap into a global talent pool, the elimination of director residency requirements is a game-changer. The process of hiring foreign workers or transferring employees across borders has been streamlined. The removal of the need to have a Canadian Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen as a director for incorporation is very relevant for foreign business owners who want to establish Canadian operations when doing an intra-company transfer application. Businesses no longer face the hurdle of appointing Canadian residents to their boards of directors in order to secure work permits or visas for their foreign workforce. This development not only simplifies administrative processes but also positions Canada as an attractive destination for companies looking to operate on a global scale.

Impact on Business Investors:
The removal of director residency requirements is a boon for foreign entrepreneurs and investors looking to establish a foothold in Canada. The process has become not only faster but also more cost-effective. This positive shift bodes well for the Canadian economy, promising an increase in job creation and heightened levels of investment. Canada is commited to fostering an environment that welcomes foreign business ventures with open arms.

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Benefits Of Hiring A Canada Immigration Lawyer To Start Your Business in Canada

An experienced Canada immigration lawyer can help you with other aspects of business immigration law, including:

  • Obtaining work permits for your employees.
    If you're hiring foreign workers, you will need to obtain work permits for them. A Canada immigration lawyer can help you with this process and ensure that your employees meet the eligibility criteria for work permits.
  • Obtaining permanent residency for yourself and your employees.
    If you're interested in permanently residing in Canada, or if you want your employees to permanently reside in Canada, a Canada immigration lawyer can help you navigate the immigration process and ensure that you and your employees meet all the requirements.
  • Incorporating your business.
    Business incorporation can provide many benefits to foreign business owners who want to open a business in Canada. A Canadian business immigration law firm that offers incorporation services can help you with all aspects of business incorporation, from choosing the right business structure to filing the necessary paperwork.

Ackah Business Immigration Law's services include corporate employee transfer applications, temporary work permit applications, citizenship applications, immigration compliance and business incorporation services.

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Do You Want To Open A Business In Canada?

If you are a foreign business owner who wants to open a business or a branch in Canada, Ackah Law can help. At Ackah Business Immigration Law, our goal is to make Crossing Borders Seamlessly a reality and to smooth your way to new opportunities in Canada. Ackah Law is headquartered in Calgary with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. If you are a foreign business owner and need business immigration services or a Canadian business that needs to hire foreign workers or have other business immigration needs, Ackah Law can help.

Contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email us directly at contact@ackahlaw.com.


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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